EAST LANSING, Mich. — Ohio farmers continue to anticipate a much improved wheat yield in 2020, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Ohio wheat growers expect yields to be even better than reported last month. Wheat production in the State is anticipated to be 35 million bushels, up 62 percent from last year; an increase attributable both to an increase in harvested acreage and higher yields.
The yield forecast of 76 bushels per acre is up 20 bushels per acre from last year and up 2 bushels from last month. As of May 31, Ohio wheat was rated 73 percent good to excellent compared to 32 percent at the same time last year.
U.S. winter wheat production is forecast at 1.27 billion bushels, up 1 percent from the May 1 forecast but down 3 percent from 2019. As of June 1, the United States yield is forecast at 52.1 bushels per acre, up 0.4 bushel from last month but down 1.5 bushels from last year’s average yield of 53.6 bushels per acre.
As of May 31, fifty-one percent of the winter wheat acreage in the 18 major producing States was rated in good to excellent condition, 13 percentage points lower than at the same time last year. Nationally, 77 percent of the winter wheat crop was headed by May 31, four percentage points lower than the 5-year average pace. If realized, the 2020 United States winter wheat yield will be the third highest on record.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
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